The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Reciting Kaddish For My Father From Onstage

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Eleanor Reissa, singer, describes her experience starring in a production of "Yentl" and recalls how important it was to her to be able to say kaddish (the mourner's prayer) for her father on stage every night.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eleanor Reissa.

This excerpt is in English.

Eleanor Reissa was born in Brooklyn, New York.